Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals in April for NYC Kids

Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual cherry blossom festival, celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo courtesy of BBG
Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual cherry blossom festival, celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo courtesy of BBG

New York City's spring outdoor festival season kicks off this April with more than a dozen fun and mostly FREE fairs, festivals, parades, and carnivals. Of course, it helps that April not only brings showers - it also brings Easter, Earth Day and Arbor Day! Some annual Mommy Poppins favorites take place too, including Car-Free Earth Day, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival, the Queens County Farm Museum's Children's Carnival, and Staten Island's St. George Day celebration.

These events aren't just fun, they also foster community spirit by bringing folks together. Many fairs include old-fashioned games, eco-activities, homemade treats, and live performances. Here's your guide to the awesome NYC fairs, carnivals, and festivals happening for families this April.

Click through to our listings for all the details, including address, time, and recommended ages.

Places featured in this article:


Queens County Farm Museum

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden
Fort Hamilton Independence Day Fireworks
US Army Fort Hamilton - SGT. Deon L. Taylor Field - 4:00 PM Pick
Picnic Performances in Bryant Park
Bryant Park - 7:00 PM Pick
Movie Nights at the Garden: Men in Black (PG-13)
Queens Botanical Garden - 7:30 PM Pick
Cymbeline
Carl Schurz Park Cherry Grove - 7:00 PM Pick
Movies Under the Stars: Respect (PG-13)
Abraham Lincoln Playground - 8:30 PM Pick
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